Table Talk presents…

A session with Rev. Phil finding out about his congregation’s involvement with social and  environmental issues. Sunday September 16th at The Village Bryndwr: 6pm for a light meal, 7pm for the presentation. It would be great to see you there! For catering purposes, if you know you are coming, could you please contact Annie or Kate Boardman.

University of Canterbury’s DramaSoc presents: The Importance of Being Earnest

A trivial comedy for serious people. (Liam Boardman is the director of this Oscar Wilde play!) Opens 13th  September and runs for eight performances (13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 20th , 21st, 22nd ). Performances start at 7:30 pm in DW1, in the Jack Mann Auditorium, Dovedale Ave, and at 2:30 pm on Sunday 16th. General Admission – $17, Students and Seniors – $15

As many know, Margaret Simpson has recently turned 80.  She no longer has her driver’s licence, but would like to continue coming to Church on a regular basis.  If you are able to help out, by going on a roster to bring her to Church (even on an occasional basis), please contact her elders, Alice and Bryan Wright – 359 8338, who will work on the details.  Thank you.

Alpine Presbytery Review: We would value your feedback on the Presbytery. Details of the meetings are given below, and a list of questions for consideration can be obtained from Tracey at the Papanui Village office.

Wednesday 12th September: Evening – 7pm at St Luke’s, 438 Halswell Rd., Halswell  – supper to follow.

Thursday 13th September: Afternoon – meeting at St Luke’s Christchurch North, corner Main North & Daniels Rds at 2pm with a cuppa to follow; or in the evening,

Evening – meeting at St Paul’s Trinity-Pacific, 45 Fitzgerald Ave at 7pm   followed by supper.

If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, you can still give us your feedback about the Alpine Presbytery. Follow this link to fill in our survey online:

Baking For General Assembly:  Thank you very much to all of you who have offered biscuits for this.  If you are able to bring these to church on Sunday September 30th that would be great.  Otherwise please be in touch with me  (after 23rd September) and we can make other arrangements.  Many, many thanks.  Lesley Compton.

Volunteers Needed for General Assembly 2018:  As you know, the churches of Alpine Presbytery and their members are hosting General Assembly 2018 in Christchurch from 3rd-7th October this year. If you are able to lend us a hand in the first week of October, we would love to hear from you.  There are many ways in which you can help out – administration, first aid, baking and hospitality, car parking, ushering, or helping out with technology.  If this sounds like something you can help us with, please email Abi Trevathan or Liz Whitehead at

High Tea (November 24th):  If you would be happy to lend us some of your fine china etc, please write  your name on the clipboard at the back of the Chapel.  We are asking for cup, saucer and plate sets, silver tea services, or similar in china, tiered plates (2 or 3 tiers). At this stage please just indicate your willingness to lend and the number you have.  We will be in touch nearer the time re collecting these.  We would ask that you name these valuables before lending. Many thanks – from the High Tea Committee.

Biketober: 1 – 31 October – a month long festival in Christchurch which brings together everything sycling – community events,  guided rides, maintenance workshops, plus an extensive bike weekend expo weekend.  Pedal to Prayer, on Sunday 14 October, all faiths are encouraged to cycle to their respective places of worship.

Theology House Update:

  1. Prophets in the Cathedral

Sunday Evensongs, 5pm @ The Transitional Cathedral

Sunday 16 September: Rev Dr Steve Taylor will be giving a seminar on ‘Craftivism: the prophetic mission of Dorcas, Lydia, handmade letters of protest and knitted Christmas angels’. Steve will speak at 6pm. Discussion with soup and rolls to follow. All welcome!

A New Zealand Prayer Book: Past, Present and Future  A Celebration Evening of Geoffrey Haworth’s recently published history of A New Zealand Prayer Book. Wednesday 19 September, 7pm to 9:15pm, at St Barnabas’ Church Hall, Fendalton Road, Christchurch. Gold coin koha, all very welcome.  Enquiries to Claire Bonner,

  1. Introduction to Te Reo Maori for Liturgy 2018

This year’s course is 7pm to 9.15pm Tuesday evenings, 16 October to 20 November inclusive, and will be hosted at Te Hepara Pai, 290 Ferry Road, Christchurch. Course cost is $60pp. Enquiries, expressions of interest to Claire Bonner,

Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Charitable Trust:  The Kilmarnock Edition is putting on a fundraising concert for the Breast Milk Bank at 7.30pm on Saturday 13 October at the Village Bryndwr.  This will include a wide range of Scottish and Irish songs together with audience participation and a few humorous songs for variety.  Tickets are $20 including supper and can be obtained from Murray or Lesley Compton.  We look forward to your support.

Spragg Family’s Travels:  You are welcome to follow the Spragg family’s travels on their blog…

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 9 8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Worship StAC
11.00am Book Stall StAC
Mon 10 9.30am Music Moments Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
2.00pm Falls Prevention Class Papanui
3.15pm Kids’ Club Bryndwr
7.15pm Indoor Bowls Bryndwr
Tues 11 10.00am FlyBys Bryndwr
10.00am Creative Nest Papanui
12.00 Friendly Circle Lunch Papanui
5.30pm Grounded Papanui
7.00pm Parish Council Papanui
Wed 12 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
11.00am Midweek Worship Papanui
1.00pm Leisure Group Bryndwr
6.00pm Line Dancing Bryndwr
Thurs 13 10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
Fri 14 10.00am Craft Group Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 15 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 16 8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Worship StAC
6.00pm Table Talk Bryndwr

Helpers @ St Andrew’s College 10am (16 September)

 Welcoming team:     Denis Elvidge, Anne Foote, Mollie Woods, Andrew Souness

Readers:                   David Coster, Ann Woodham

Counters:                 Andrew Souness, Vivienne Jackson

Morning tea:            Boardmans, Barbara Mitchell, Mollie Woods, Gavin James

Technician:              Liam Boardman

Musician:                 Margaret Nelson

Communion:             Rowes, Anne Foote, Catherine McKellar, Costers

Grounds @ Bryndwr: Don McKellar

PARABLE FOR SEPTEMBER 16th – Matthew 24:45-51 the faithful & unfaithful servants